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Southwark Pensioners Centre

Supporting Older People in Southwark

Bermondsey Tube Lifts

Bermondsey_Tube_pngTransport For London will soon begin refurbishing the lifts at Bermondsey Tube station as part of our maintenance upgrade work to keep our lifts safe and reliable.

We will carry out this lift replacement from Tuesday 19 September until Thursday 05 October 2017. Please note that Bermondsey Tube station will not be step-free during this period.

During these works customers can continue to use Bermondsey station via the escalators to platform-level.

Customers requiring a step-free route will be able to use their tickets on local buses:

Customers travelling eastbound from Bermondsey should use No. 47/188/N199 buses from Stop E to Canada Water station.
Customers travelling westbound from Bermondsey should use No. 47/381/N199/N381 from Stop A to London Bridge station.

Customers travelling to Bermondsey station should alight at Canada Water or London Bridge stations, and continue using the local buses noted above.

Customers will be notified of these works via a number of different communications, including emails to those registered for accessibility updates. We will also have information online, in the Metro newspaper, via social media and signs in the station.

Walworth Garden: An Animated Tour!


Tickets available only through Eventbrite:


Come and join us for an animated journey through the history of gardens in Walworth, its changing face and the history of Walworth Garden over the last 30 years! Join us as part of the weekend of festivities as part of the Bee-A-Part 30th anniversary! The history will be animated by local actors and People’s company who will take you on a journey through time, space and place! The tour will involve performance, sounds of the past, archival display and will be led by John Whelan who has lead tours last summer with the Walworth Society and the Tate/ Cuming collection.


Sun 30 July 2017

14:00 – 15:00 BST


Walworth Garden

206 Manor Place


SE17 3BN

Experience with Community Mental Health Teams?

SLAM_logo_thumbThe Care Quality Commission (CQC) have informed us that in the week beginning 17th July they will be inspecting community mental health teams (CMHTs) for adults of working age provided by South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.

If you have any information to share with the CQC about experiences of care and treatment with a CMHT, please get in touch with us:

Email: info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk

Telephone: 020 7358 7005

Your views can help inform the questions the CQC will ask as well as their findings. We will keep your feedback anonymous.

We will also pass on to the inspectors any other feedback about the CMHTs which we have heard recently.

Below is some background information you may find useful.

Best wishes,

The Healthwatch Southwark Team

What is SLaM? South London and the Maudsley Trust (SLaM) is the NHS Foundation Trust which runs many of the mental health hospital, outpatient and community services in Southwark and across South London.


What is the Care Quality Commission (CQC)? The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. They carry out inspections to services and produce reports where they highlight areas of good practice and areas that must be improved. They ask 5 key questions when they inspect services:

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs?
  • Are they well-led?

When did SLaM last have an inspection by the CQC? SLaM received an inspection of the whole Trust from the CQC in September 2015. A report was published in January 2016. SLaM received an overall rating of ‘Good’:

  • Are they safe? Requires Improvement
  • Are they effective? Good
  • Are they caring? Good
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs? Good
  • Are they well-led? Good

Since this inspection, the CQC have been looking again at specific services within SLaM to see what has changed.

Blume! Flexible work for older people





Blume!  Flexible work for older people

Blume is a start up which will find flexible and interesting work for older people.  You choose what you want to do, when you want to do it and how much you want to get paid.

To get going we need your help.  Specifically could you do these three things?

  1. Go to https://blume.life and enter your email address and this preview code: 7DLJY
  1. Tell us which of our selected 60 tasks on the ‘Become a blumer’ pae you are interested in doing.  Categories include ‘Technology’, ‘In the home’, ‘Business Support’, and ‘Odd Jobs’.
  1. Complete the (short) sign up process to become a blumer

We will then find people who want these tasks done and match you up with them.

If you have any questions or suggestions please send them to contact@blume.info

Connoisseur Ramblers




We are a small, friendly group and would love to welcome you on our walks, initial taster walks may be taken before joining, so do come along.

Most walks are taken at a leisurely pace and are from 5 to 7 miles long. We usually walk in the countryside around London but we also include the city’s way marked paths and trails particularly on our winter programme.

You do not have to be super fit to walk with us.   If you are new to country walking you could always start with a London walk or one with drop out points indicated.

The programme gives a rough guide to distance, pace and terrain, and usually says if there are hills, steps, stiles, demanding climbs or mud.  The programme also shows if a pub lunch is available or if a packed lunch should be carried.

Other than for taster walks, walkers should be members of the Connoisseur Rambling Club and everyone walks at their own risk.

Membership: annual subscription of £10 due on the 1st of May. The Club is affiliated to the Ramblers Association.


30th Anniversary Party

Thanks to all the members who came to our party on the 10th of June. We are also especially grateful to the volunteers from Marks & Spencer Walworth Road who helped out on the day and their contribution of delicious refreshments.30th_Brenda_Charlie_Cake_120wide_png

Cold Related Illness Protest




The majority of excess deaths in winter occur in those aged 75 and over.

In 2014/15, across all of England and Wales, the government’s estimated figures saw a huge increase from 18,000 to 43,900 in deaths from cold related illnesses – the highest number since 1999/00.

In Southwark, 125 people died from cold related illnesses.

The latest figures for additional winter deaths will be released November 23rd 2016.

On that day, SPAG will be taking as many Southwark people as possible to protest the high number of deaths. The London Region of the National Pensioners Convention will be releasing black balloons, with each balloon representing 1000 deaths.

SPAG invites Southwark people to join us meeting at the Tabernacle at the Elephant and Castle at 11am.

The protest takes place from  11.30am to 12.30pm,  Wednesday 23rd 2016, by George V’s statue at Old Palace Yard Westminster opposite the House of Lords. Please do join us.


National Pensioners Convention


The Facts

  1. An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15; the highest number since 1999/00, with 27% more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months.
  1. The majority of deaths occurred among people aged 75 and over; there were an estimated 36,300 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2014/15, compared with 7,700 in people aged under 75.
  1. There were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2014/15, as in previous years. Male excess winter deaths increased from 7,210 to 18,400, and female deaths from 10,250 to 25,500 between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
  1. Respiratory diseases were the underlying cause of death in more than a third of all excess winter deaths in 2014/15.
  1. The excess winter mortality index was highest in the South West in 2014/15 and joint lowest in Yorkshire and The Humber, and Wales

Source: Office for National Statistics


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Advice Sessions

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